McDowell Follows February Speedweeks to Volusia; Bags First Win of the Season

February 17, 2018 - Monday night brought Dale McDowell and the Shane McDowell Racing team to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) kicking off the UMP DIRTcar Nationals. In a field of 40 Super Late Models, Dale followed up the third fastest time in his qualifying group with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Earning the 10th-starting position for the opening night feature, McDowell improved four spots reeling in a 6th place finish. (Heath Lawson photos)

After Mother Nature wiped out Tuesday’s program, Dale McDowell was one of 51 cars signed in on Wednesday for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season opener. Holding his spot in his heat race, McDowell logged a 7th place finish transferring him into the B-Main. Sending the Top 2 into the opening night feature, Dale retired a 7th place outing.

On Thursday night after laying down the ninth fastest time in his qualifying group, McDowell secured his spot into the feature with the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat race. Rolling off 15th, Dale McDowell methodically navigated his way to the front of the field overtaking race-leader Brandon Sheppard on lap-43 and holding the top spot for the next seven circuits to capture his first win of the season and a $10,000 payday. Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Shane Clanton, and Scott Bloomquist completed the Top-5 finishers.

The following night, Dale locked his spot into the A-Main with the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat race. Earning the 13th-starting position, McDowell advanced through the field 10 spots to place 3rd behind Scott Bloomquist and Chris Madden with Mason Zeigler and Brandon Sheppard rounding out the Top-5.

Wrapping up the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday, McDowell landed a 3rd place finish in his heat race positioning him 11th on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win finale. Breaking into the Top-10, Dale McDowell gained three spots in the 50-lap affair recording an 8th place finish.

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